Cameroon – Equatorial Guinea Relations: New Consulate Created In Mongomo After Diplomatic Row

Par Atia T. AZOHNWI | Cameroon-Info.Net
YAOUNDE - 08-Oct-2019 - 12h22   1275                      
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Cameroon’s Head of State, President Paul Biya has opened a Consulate of the Republic of Cameroon in Mongomo in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

The new consulate adds to the Consulate General in Bata under the jurisdiction of the Cameroonian Embassy in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

According to Decree No. 2019/531 of 07 October 2019, the jurisdiction of the Consulate in Mongomo shall cover Kié-Ntem, Wele-Nzas and the Centre-South Provinces.

After today’s decree, Cameroon now maintains 34 embassies and high commissions abroad as well as 30 consulates.

The creation of the Cameroon Consulate in Mongomo comes after a diplomatic row that stemmed from Equatorial Guinea’s purported plans to build a wall along its border with Cameroon.

Officials of Cameroon’s neighbours quickly said the construction of a border wall between Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea was the fabrication and wild imagination of social media activists.

This is what emerged from the office of Cameroon’s Prime Minister, Head of Government when relations between both countries came under review Friday, August 16, 2019.

Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph granted audience to a high profile delegation from Equatorial Guinea at the head of which was the country’s Minister of External Relations and Cooperation, Simeón Oyono Esono Angue.

Minister Esono Angue was bearer of a sealed message from President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to Cameroon’s sovereign, President Paul Biya. For over sixty minutes, a wide range of issues that touched on the longstanding and fruitful bilateral relations between the two friendly and brotherly nations came under review.

Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea share a long border of over 300 kilometres and historical ties. By virtue of their proximity and shared values, discussions between Simeón Oyono Esono Angue from Equatorial Guinea and PM Dion Ngute of Cameroon were frank, profound, sincere and brotherly.

The discussions were aimed at consolidating the rich bilateral relations and cooperation ties between Malabo and Yaoundé.

While describing relations between Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea as very excellent and like that between members of the same family, the emissary from President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo dismissed as misinformation social media reports that Equatorial Guinea plans to construct a wall on the border with Cameroon.

Minister Simeón Oyono Esono Angue stressed that Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon have since 1980 signed a treaty of good neighbourliness, a document that permits both countries to always find a peaceful solution to their problems.

Although the content of the letter from President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to his friend and brother, President Paul Biya remains a guarded secret, there is no doubt that both leaders are very much committed to the option of a strong regional integration.

In August, news that Equatorial Guinea is carrying on plans to erect a wall along its 183km-long border with Cameroon went viral on social media and other media platforms, prompting Cameroon’s Minister of External Relations to summon the Equatoguinean Ambassador to Cameroon. Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of External Relations and Cooperation, Simeón Oyono Esono Angue used his august Yaoundé outing to dismiss the allegations.

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